Today’s Epistle reading is Galatians 6:2-10
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 6:46-7:1
But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.” Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum.
Saints and Feasts celebrated today
Hieromartyr Cyprian, Virgin Martyr Justina, and Martyr Theoctistus, of Nicomedia
Troparion — Tone 4
By sharing in the ways of the Apostles,
you became a successor to their throne.
Through the practice of virtue,
you found the way to divine contemplation, O inspired one of God;
by teaching the word of truth without error,
you defended the Faith, even to the shedding of your blood.
Hieromartyr Cyprian, entreat Christ God to save our souls.
Troparion — Tone 4
You abandoned ungodly darkness, becoming a light of truth;
You were illustrious as a pastor;
You were glorified in contest:
O righteous Father Cyprian together with godly Justina,
Intercede for us before God the Creator of all!
Kontakion — Tone 1
You turned from the art of sorcery to the knowledge of God,
and were shown forth as a skillful healer for the world, Cyprian, inspired by God.
Together with Justina you grant cures to those who honor you;
with her, pray to the Master who loves mankind that He may save our souls.
Righteous Admiral Theodore Ushakov of the Russian Naval Fleet
Troparion — Tone 1
You were an invincible supreme commander of the Russian realm,
Destroying and setting at nought the malice of the Moslems
And seeking neither worldly glory or riches, you served God and your neighbor.
Pray, O holy Theodore, that victory over the enemy be granted our army,
That our homeland may abide in unshakeable piety
And that the children of Russia may be saved.
Additional Saints and Feasts (without hymns):
- Blessed Andrew the Fool-For-Christ at Constantinople
- Repose of the Holy Right-believing Princess Anna of Kashin
- Venerable Cassian of Uglich
- Martyrs David and Constantine, Princes of Georgia
Today’s Fasting Guidelines
Strict Fast. Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.